Hotel guests describe damaging winds in overnight storm

Hotel guests describe damaging winds in overnight storm

Hotel guests describe damaging winds in overnight storm

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 11 at 11:56 AM

WAXAHACHIE - Early morning storms left widespread damage across Waxahachie.

While there were no reports of any injuries, there was plenty of debris littering neighborhoods and highways.

The Comfort Suites off Highway 287 and Interstate 35E lost part of its roof during the storm. Winds estimated to be 70 to 90 mph tore the front corner of the roof right off, sending it crashing down to the parking lot below.

No one staying at the hotel was injured. However, those staying on the top floors say they awoke to their windows bowing in and out inches at a time. Many guests ran downstairs and rode out the storm in the lobby.

The overnight auditor Melissa Cade said she tried to secure the windows and doors in the lobby area as the wind and rain blew through. She said she was grateful no one was injured and the hotel suffered no serious damage inside.

Waxahachie police said they had to shut down part of I-35E southbound after a nearby steel business blew apart, sending debris across the highway. Several vehicles got caught up in the storm there too, including an 18 wheeler that overturned.

Police also told News 8 they have spent the morning working with city street crews to clear fallen trees and power lines. Neighbors are encouraged to drive safely since damage assessments are not yet complete.

 

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